Staff Picks-Etiquette & Espionage
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
In the mood for something a bit different? Then I highly recommend Gail Carriger’s YA novel Etiquette & Espionage. The setting is an alternate history/steampunk England and the story is fun, exciting, and clever. Sophronia is an intelligent, yet awkward teen whose family wants her to become a proper Victorian lady. Her mother sends her to “Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality” in hopes this prestigious school will reform clumsy Sophronia. However, as soon as she has left her family home, Sophronia realizes this is not going to be any ordinary trip to any ordinary finishing school! First the carriage they are in is attacked by “skyway men”…similar to highway men, but instead of on horseback, these bandits travel in hot air balloons. When Sophronia finally makes it to the academy, she realizes it is a floating, moving school, has werewolves and vampires for professors, and the skills she is set to learn include much more than your basic Victorian etiquette. This story is so much fun, is packed full of adventure and mystery, and even has a touch of forbidden romance. It is the first in the Finishing School series.
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Recommended by Addie at Beckley Branch